Joe Maddon takes the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series in October and is named American League Manager of the Year. Lou Piniella's Cubs get swept in three games by the Dodgers and the North Siders' skipper is named National League Manager of the Year. What's wrong with this picture?
Shouldn't Charlie Manuel, who guided the Philadelphia Phillies, to the team's second World Series title, have been named NL manager of the year? Piniella took the Cubs to the playoffs for the second straight year and the team got swept for the second straight year, leaving Cubs' fans with the same plaint: Wait until next year.
The Hound says this latest award, Piniella's third --- he won with the Seattle Mariners in '95 and '01 --- certainly isn't for raising the Cubs' level of play in the post-season. Surely, Piniella didn't lobby for it, did he?
Manuel just got the shaft from the baseball writers and Phillies' fans in the City of Brotherly Love should be irate. The Hound is a Cubs fan and is irate at this snub for a job well done by Manuel's labor.